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David Tahere

Assistant Professor of Music
On faculty since 2012





MM, Temple University, 2011
BM, Lee University, 2008


Professional Memberships

National Association of Teachers of Singing
College Music Society


Professional Interests

Being given the opportunity to teach has been one of the most challenging periods of my career. The stage and performing music holds such a draw for me because it allows me to be a creator of and share some of the most beautiful music ever written. The conversation with an audience, whether through an operatic role or in a recital, is both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Exhilarating in that as each moment arrives, it is gone; terrifying in that very personal, vulnerable feelings and thoughts are being put in front of hundreds of people. The conversation that I am a part of in the classroom is very similar, but it affords me one advantage: dialogue. I can get feedback on the impact music has on my students and the world around us on a daily basis. Introducing my students to Chopin, Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Bach, Quilter, Poulenc, Marx, Schumann, Britten and Puccini (among others), and then seeing what they take away from their lives and works is always exciting. My favorite moments are when the conversation leads to issues of truth and wrestles with human nature. I think this is the reason why I gravitate towards the romantic/20th century composers. Puccini and the verismo movement, Verdi, along with the art songs of Poulenc, Ravel, Vaughan Williams and Thomson stand as some of my favorite compositions.


Personal Interests

Travel (especially when performing) is my most favorite activity. I enjoy a well-made cup of coffee, cooking great food and getting a great deal on a musical score! My wife, Christa, and I love fall, and almost anything that involves apples, pumpkins and bon-fires. I am a self-admitted computer nerd and it always shocks people to know that I am an avid technology follower. When we’re able to get some free time, it’s usually spent playing with our dog, Toby, or eating...we really, really love food.


Upcoming Performances

Faculty recital with Kara Funke - February 21, 2014
Baritone soloist, Duruflé Requiem, Tenth Concert Series, Philadelphia, PA April 18, 2014
Guest recital, Lee University, Fall, 2014


Recent Performances

Soloist, Bach Magnificat, Chattanooga Bach Choir, 2013
Baritone soloist, Fauré Requiem, Tenth Concert Series, 2013
Leporello, Don Giovanni, Deleware Valley Opera Company, 2011
Maletesta, Don Pasquale, Deleware Valley Opera Company, 2011
Ramiro, L’Heure Espangole, Temple University Opera Theatre, 2011
Le Gendarme, Les Mamelles de Tiresias, Temple University Opera Theatre, 2011
Deerfield Annual Christmas Recital with Soprano, Sarah Schaffer, 2011
Guest soloist, An Evening with Hans Christian, Tenth Concert Series, 2011
Baritone soloist, Philadelphia Chamber Choir, 2011
Guest soloist, Faure Requiem, Lee University Chorale Alumni Choir, 2010
Guest soloist, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, 2009
Guest soloist, Easter Symphony with Dr. David Holsinger, 2009
Soloist, Handel’s Messiah, Temple Concert Choir, 2009
Opera Theatre and Music Festival, Lucca, Italy, 2008


Expression Engine

Covenant music alumni are addressing needs of the human soul through music and the local church.
Chorale Conductor Dr. Scott Finch led current and former chorale members in "All for Jesus," as a tribute to Dr. John Hamm's investment in the Covenant College music department.